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Devil Dog

This creature resembles a large wolf with frost white fur and glowing blue eyes.

Devil Dog CR 5

XP 1,600
CE Medium magical beast (cold)
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +6; Aura frightful presence (30 ft., DC 13)

DEFENSE

AC 15, touch 12, flat-footed 13 (+2 Dex, +3 natural)
hp 45 (6d10+12)
Fort +7; Ref +7; Will +3
Immune cold
Weaknesses vulnerability to fire

OFFENSE

Speed 50 ft.
Melee bite +9 (1d6+3 plus trip)
Special Attacks throat-rip

STATISTICS

Str 15, Dex 15, Con 15, Int 6, Wis 12, Cha 10
Base Atk +6; CMB +8; CMD 20 (24 vs. trip)
Feats Improved Initiative, Skill Focus (Perception), Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills Perception +6, Stealth +7 (+13 in snow and ice), Survival +3 (+7 tracking by scent); Racial Modifiers +6 Stealth in snow and ice,+4 Survival when tracking by scent

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Throat-Rip (Ex)

As a full-round action, a devil dog can deliver a coup de grace against a helpless opponent. If the victim survives the attack, he must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 10 + damage dealt) or die. Opponents killed in this manner cannot be raised, but resurrection, true resurrection, or the like can restore the slain creature to life.

ECOLOGY

Environment any cold
Organization solitary, pair, or pack (7–16)
Treasure none

The wolf-like devil dog may be an interbred species of wild dog and winter wolf. A devil dog is smaller than a winter wolf but much larger than nearly any normal dog of any breed — about 5 feet long and 3 feet high at the shoulder. A devil dog is white in color, blending in almost perfectly with its snowbound environment. Thanks to their appearance, devil dogs are often mistaken for winter wolves by inexperienced travelers in icy regions. Devil dog packs have been known to stalk and attack humanoids and other creatures much larger than the pack members. They are smart enough to use their coloration to their best advantage in the hunt.

Devil dogs hunt in packs, using tactics similar to normal wild dogs and wolves: the pack circles the prey, with each dog taking its turn attacking. Devil dogs attempt to rip out the throat of any helpless opponent.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Devil Dog from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene, based on original material by Louis Boschelli